White glass eye with blue iris, cased, London, England, 1901

y Science Museum, London. Credit: Science Museum, London. CC BY

Glass was the obvious material for artificial eyes in the early 20th century. This eye is hemispherical and remarkably lifelike. It was made by eye maker Gustav Taylor. He prided himself on the natural appearance of his artificial eyes. Taylor handcrafted them within an hour for customers while they waited. He also invented eyes with dilating pupils.

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